A NEW door has opened for anyone who feels isolated, lonely or wants to spend time among other people.
Open Door operates under the “umbrella” of the New Peninsula Baptist Church, Mount Martha, but is not run by or for the church.
“This is not a targeted outreach program, but a desire to be present for those who are lonely, isolated, or just needing to make that all important connection with others and, hopefully, build meaningful relationships, something we all need,” co-organiser Ann Harding said.
“A friend, Lesley Strang, and I both felt that we wanted to create a safe and loving environment, open to anyone, and build an atmosphere of love, respect and hidden care for whoever could find their way to us.
“We recognise the desperate need for relationship for people of all ages, especially after recent events. That is why we want to welcome all members of the community, from the elderly to carers, to mums at home, who just need a half hour break without extra expense.”
Open Door is free and enables “in this difficult time for so many”, anyone a space to go “and just be themselves, no expectation whatsoever”.
The room behind the door is accessed from the car park and not through the church. Once inside there is free tea, coffee and cake.
“Our beautiful volunteers live their faith, loving others, through kindness and connection, and valuing others,” Harding said.
Open Door, 10am-11.30am Wednesdays, 370 Craigie Road, Mount Martha (near Moorooduc Highway).